My favorite podcast episodes about animals!

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Creation Date September 24th, 2019
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There are more and more wonderful podcasts about animals out there and these are some of my favorite episodes.
  1. This is a special episode with invited guest Corbin Maxey from Animals to the Max.In this episode we discuss the current role zoos, aquariums, and even in Corbin's field of animals used for education in the entertainment industry, and why they are so critical to promoting animal conservation. We take a in depth look at exactly what accredited zoos and aquariums are doing for the animals in the wild. Show notes HERE
  2. We cook a few recipes from Tin Fish Gourmet as part of our FN Book Club. John King the Crappie Hippie joins us to talk about making lead free lures and of course we make some news!
  3. This week, I talk with Euan Buchan, The Edinburgh Birdwatcher.  Euan tells me about the birds he sees in Scotland, which ones are his favourites, and about some of his recent birding experiences. Do visit Euan's website at You can also find him on the following: Twitter: @EdinBirdwatcher Facebook: TheEdinburghBirdwatcher Euan's YouTube channel       The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: @CasualBirderPod Instagram: @CasualBirderPodcast or join the Facebook group at
  4. In this episode, I interview “Crocodile Queen”, Savannah Boan. She’s the International Ambassador and Crocodilian Enrichment Coordinator for Gatorland in Orlando, Florida. We discuss her passion for crocodilians and how she’s bringing awareness about these misunderstood creatures.Follow Savannah on Instagram:’s TED Talk: Corbin MaxeyYouTube: Twitter:
  5. Did you know that Manatees, unlike other marine mammals, don’t have blowholes? Or did you know that manatees aren’t freshwater OR saltwater animals? Listen to episode 32, all about the seacows, and you will be able to spread all the manatee knowledge. This week we chat about Koreena’s childhood manatee, Cassie’s continued inability to pronounce … Read More Read More
  6. We still answer listener questions, we swear! :) This week is all about guest interactions. We answer: - What are the funniest we've heard zoo guests say? - Do we have any anecdotes of our top most ridiculous encounters with guests? - What stupid questions have we been asked, have we overhead people mistake species of animals for others, and what arguments have we found ourselves in with ignorant guests.   Buckle up, and learn how to be the best zoo guest you can be!
  7. Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode all about dismantling unfair animal prejudices, Christian caves to peer pressure and sets the record straight on the blobfish, and Ellen shifts the narrative on the three-toed sloth.
  8. Let’s get gross and horrible this week! Are there any bugs with so much venom they could kill you? What would happen if you ate 5,000 moth digestive tracts? Why am I even talking about this stuff? Listen and find out! Thanks to Grady and Tania for today’s topic suggestions! The giant silkworm moth caterpillar. Do not touch. No seriously, don't! You might d i e The southern flannel moth and its larva, a puss caterpillar. Fuzzy, yes, but don't pet the caterpillar: A luna moth and its caterpillar. It will not kill you: A bullet ant. Look at those chompers! The white-spotted assassin bug. At least you can see it coming: Show transcript: Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m your host, Kate Shaw. This week’s episode is a suggestion from Grady, who also sent several other really good suggestions we’ll hopefully get to soon. The one we’re looking at this week is poisonous bugs! And because another listener, Tania, suggested we cover moths, we’ll also make sure to talk about a lot of poisonous or venomous moths too. Technically, if an insect is poisonous that means it will make you sick if you eat it. If an insect bites or stings you and it injects poison into the wound, it’s referred to as venomous. But you can call both poisonous because everyone will know what you mean. Also, you would probably get sick if you ate a venomous bug too, now that I think about it. You might think I’m joking when I talk about eating bugs, but in many parts of the world people do. If you think about it, it’s no weirder than eating shrimp, lobster, oysters, or eggs. Remember that humans are omnivores, and that means we will eat just about anything. Those things don’t all have to be cookies and peanut butter sandwiches, although I haven’t had my lunch yet and if I had to choose between a PB&J with maybe a couple of Thin Mints afterwards, I’d choose that over a big bowl of deep-fried crickets. But lots of people would choose the crickets. It all depends on what you’re used to and what’s considered acceptable in your culture. But even in areas where people eat lots of insects, they don’t eat every kind of insect. Some really are poisonous because they eat plants that contain toxins and store those toxins in the body. The monarch butterfly caterpillar eats milkweed, which contains poisons that can harm the heart, so don’t eat monarch butterflies. But because insects are generally quite small, the toxins one insect can hold aren’t usually enough to make you really sick unless you eat a whole bunch of them. That’s why children in some parts of Italy can eat a particular moth without dying even though it contains the deadly poison cyanide. You know what? Let’s start with this moth, because what the heck, Italian children. Why are you eating these moths anyway, and why are you not dying of cyanide poisoning? There are a number of closely related moth species that children in the Carnia region of Italy traditionally eat. The moth’s wingspan is only about an inch wide, or 30 millimeters. It’s most common in the Italian Alps and it flies around during the day, which makes it easy to find and catch. Its body is grayish, and one pair of its wings are greenish or gray with red spots, while the other pair of wings is mostly red. There’s also a variety with yellow wing markings instead of red. The reason it has such bright colors is because it stores a liquid containing cyanide in its digestive system, and the bright colors tell potential predators to leave it alone, it’s poisonous. The problem is, the moth’s digestive system also contains sugars called glucosides, which makes it taste sweet. And before you laugh at little Italian children catching moths to eat because they’re sweet-tasting, think about how much effort you may have put into extracting a tiny bead of nectar from honeysuckle blossoms. But honeysuckle doesn’t contain cyanide. Why don’t those little moth-eating kids get sick?
  9. We return to the Phoenix Zoo to discuss their collaborative work to save another endangered species, the Mexican Gray Wolf, which as recently as the early 1970's came within a handful of remaining founder animals from being deliberately exterminated across the West and Mexico. Senior carnivore keeper, Carl Mohler describes how caring for a social group pf predators that may one day be introduced to the wild is very different from other species found in zoos and aquariums. The relationships of trust that naturally form between keepers and most zoo animals is not only discouraged, it can place the animals at greater risk. As a result of the need to discourage theses wolves from habituating to humans, routine veterinary care, husbandry, and servicing of exhibits can present challenges compared to other species in a zoo. Even forms of enrichment must be disguised and utilize natural items the animals won't associate with human activities.  That Sounds Wild: Mexican Gray Wolves  
  10. Learn about the many species of Pelicans - one of the largest flying birds, the Central American rain forests are home to a reptile that can walk on water - the Basilisk Lizard and the rare and powerful Wolverine earns the respect of it's neighboring predators. Wildlife animal facts on Episode #006. Full show notes available here.
  11. And today we’re talking about an oceanic equine with strong paternal instincts and a unique dad bod, but more on that later.

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